GO FOR IT: Yamba exercise machines will be like these ones at Iluka but spread apart instead of in the one station.
GO FOR IT: Yamba exercise machines will be like these ones at Iluka but spread apart instead of in the one station.

Federal Govt comes to fitness party to fund public gym

IF YOU start to see some extra biceps and toned calves strutting around the Lower Clarence in the near future, here's why.

Yamba residents and visitors are soon to get access to free outdoor exercise equipment, similar to that of their seaside neighbours in Iluka.

Work started last week on three exercise stations, which will be spaced along the waterfront in Ford Park and near Whiting Beach.

They are expected to be operational early next month and, during the official opening soon after, Yamba-based exercise physiologist Jo Haupt will demonstrate their use.

The official opening will coincide with the launch of a healthy eating DVD and a healthy morning tea.

A similar outdoor exercise centre opened in Iluka in June last year, and Clarence Valley Council general manager Scott Greensill said its popularity had spread far and wide.

He said the Healthy Clarence Communities co-ordinator Patty Delaney had received numerous requests for more outdoor exercise equipment for use by adults across the Clarence Valley.

"Requests and inquiries have also come from people on holidays in Iluka who have gone on to approach their local councils at home for similar resources," he said.

The exercise equipment in Iluka Bay received $70,000 in Federal Government funding through the Healthy Clarence Communities project.



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